Guest blogger and gallerist Maren Bargreen says “Artists of all levels of talent and experience don’t know how to approach galleries. It’s a rampant annoyance in our industry, and one issue that is easily solved.” Advice for how artists can avoid mistakes and bruised egos.
Museums, listen up! It’s time to get with the 21st century and take advantage of the free publicity that social media can give you. Museums that ban photography altogether are living in the past. They’re missing out on tons of free publicity from avid fans!
You are not in a position to float loans to your art gallery. It’s their responsibility to make sure they have the financial means to stay in business. But, if you want to maintain a good relationship with the gallery and don’t want them to go under, put them at ease.
If someone found you on a gallery website, do you owe your gallery a finder’s fee? How do you know? Does it make a difference if the client wants a custom painting that doesn’t yet exist?
While there is no standardized format for submitting your portfolio to galleries, you can earn points by being professional from the get-go. Fewer galleries = fewer artists in galleries. There isn’t much room for error. You must behave professionally in every way.
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